Citizens can participate in a council meeting in two ways: (1) general citizen communication and (2) speaking on specific agenda items.
1) General Citizen Communication
Time is set aside at 12 noon at each council meeting for a maximum of 10 individuals to address the council on topics of their choice. A person who intends to speak at this time must register in advance with the City Clerk’s Office. Registration must include the meeting date, name, contact information, and location (either in Council Chambers at the meeting or off-site at a participating library). Contact the Office of the City Clerk by phone (512-974-2210) or by email. See the sign-up schedule for registration dates and times at the following link:
The registration period for a given meeting begins at 9:00 am 21 days prior to the meeting and ends at 4:30 pm 14 days prior to the meeting.
A person may not speak at general citizen communication more often than once out of every three regularly scheduled council meetings.
For those unable to travel to City Hall, Remote/Virtual Citizen Communication is now available at the following libraries:
Southeast Austin Regional Branch
1600 Grove Blvd
Manchaca Road Branch
South Central Austin Regional Branch
5500 Manchaca Road
Spicewood Springs Branch
Far Northwest Branch
8627 Spicewood Springs Road
East Central Branch
1161 Angelina Street
Little Walnut Creek Branch
Far North Central Regional Branch
835 W. Rundberg Lane
North Central Regional Branch
2200 Hancock Dr
Old Quarry Branch
West Central Branch
7051 Village Center Dr
Southeast Community Branch
Far Southeast Branch
5803 Nuckols Crossing Road
Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
5125 Convict Hill Road
2) Speaking on Specific Agenda Items
Citizens may speak on most agenda items by completing an electronic registration in person on the kiosks located in the lobby of City Hall. Citizens can sign up at the kiosks after 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the council meeting. You can speak on several items; however, citizens may not speak on briefings, executive sessions or on items where the public hearing has been closed.
You may also donate your time to another speaker if:
You were present when the speaker began to address council
You can specify the name of the speaker
A speaker may receive donated time from a maximum of two people present and may speak for a maximum of seven minutes. The council may limit the number of speakers or the length of testimony in compliance with state law.
Consent Agenda Items
The council may adopt items without a separate vote on each item as the consent agenda. You may register to speak on consent agenda items.
You may speak one time, for up to three minutes on the consent agenda as a whole, regardless of the number of items for which you have signed up to speak.
You may not participate in removing more than three items from the consent agenda during a council meeting.
Participation at a Work Session
Except as provided in the City Code, citizen participation is not permitted at a work session meeting.